We met with our genetic counselor on Tuesday due to my “advanced maternal age.” I was prepared for DOOM and GLOOM but it was actually fine. She walked us through the various genetic diseases we’re at risk for, as well as options for screening and diagnostic testing — how it works and the risks involved. Then we dug into the nitty gritty with our family histories.
Because I’ll be 36 (I better not deliver before my birthday in mid-July!) when I deliver, I’m at a higher risk of having babies with Down’s Syndrome and other genetic diseases. However, the good news is that because there are no major risk factors on either side, karyotyping was done on my husband and I before this IVF cycle, and because we did embryo testing, our risk is much lower. Because of that, assuming all goes well with the NT scan next Friday (fingers crossed!), we’ll likely skip the invasive diagnostic testing. I have been poked and prodded so much already just getting here. Besides, although I would love to know for sure that everything is okay, my fear of miscarriage is much higher than my need for knowledge.
Now that that’s out of the way, maybe I’ll go take up quilting or something “advanced maternal age” appropriate.